Wednesday, April 30, 2008


I'm not sure who will get the title on this one....maybe the 30-something crowd. According to Dorelle, anything over 22 is old, so the title is geared to the 'old folks'.

Back on track: I may have been taking a few days easy, but athletes from Ontario and across Canada certainly haven't. We'll start with the Ontario crowd:

I received 4 e-mails yesterday from athletes and coaches across the country, asking if I knew Matt Druken. Matt is a 13 year-old triathlete from Oro Station (between Barrie and Orillia) who swims with the Barrie Dolphins, runs with the South Simcoe Dufferin Track and Field Club, and attends our monthly Training Days at the PTC. Recently, Matt competed in the CN Tower Stair Climb. Not only did he raise money for the World Wildlife Fund, he won the entire race! You can read more about Matt's race here. Thanks to Daily Triathlon for picking up on the story, and congrats to Matt and his coaches on a great performance.

Sticking with the running theme, there were at least two other Ontario triathletes posting some great performances recently. 2007 Junior Duathlon Champion Nick McGraw (Kingston, ON) ran the 10k Vancouver Sun Run on April 20th, finishing 27th overall and 1st in the M16-18 category, with a time of 31:44. Nick's coach and uber-runner Steve Boyd ran 31:03 at the Sun Run, and backed it up with a 30:46 at the Times Colonist 10k in Victoria, BC, one week later. Closer to home, 14 year-old Kaitlyn Oliver posted a 17:39 at the Hartwell Runner's Challenge 5k last weekend. Congrats to Nick, Kaitlyn, and their coaches.

On the international triathlon scene, the C3 squad was represented by Dave Sharrat and Sean Bechtel at the St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dave Sharrat finished 21st against a talented pro field, and Sean Bechtel was in the mix off the bike before withdrawing from the race.

Finally, Canada was well represented at the ITU World Cup in Tongyeong last weekend. In the womens' race, Kirsten Sweetland started her season with a solid 5th place finish, with Lauren Groves in 13th. In the mens' race, Paul Tichelaar continued his great season with a 6th place finish, with Brent McMahon crossing the line in 16th, and Kyle Jones finishing 20th. Full results here.

Congrats to all athletes on their accomplishments.

Updates are always welcome from coaches, parents and athletes.

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